Saturday marks the one year anniversary since the fatal tornado that tore through Fairdale and Rochelle.
Several events are planned in Fairdale remembering that devastating day, they include:
- A private brunch for residents and first responders is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Kirkland Fire Barn.
- A public groundbreaking ceremony for a new Habitat for Humanity location from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.; officials will announce where the facility will be located during the event.
- From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., the public is invited to a park district dedication of a memorial bench and plaque at Fairdale Park.
- Finally, from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., a series of dignitaries will speak, followed by a open microphone for the public.
Some of the dignitaries scheduled to speak include:
- Sheriff Roger Scott, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department
- Sen. Dave Syverson, Illinois 35th District
- Mayor Les Bellah, Kirkland
- Gov. Bruce Rauner, (R) Illinois
Following comments from dignitaries there will be a distribution of gifts and kites to the public, followed by a kite-flying ceremony at 3:30 p.m.
Other special activities will also be held throughout the day.